dr Goran Bašić

Goran Basic, ANCSEE Coordinator, scientific advisor, director of the Institute of Social Sciences.

He is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities of the Council of Europe; Scientific Secretary of the Committee on Human Rights and National Minorities and the Committee for the Study of Roma Life and Customs at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

He is the founder of the Center for Ethnic Research and the Academic Network for Cooperation in Southeast Europe and representative of the Republic of Serbia in the General Assembly of “European Social Survey”. 

He is committed to issues of multiculturalism and ethnicity through scientific research and activism in civil society.

He has published more than a hundred scientific articles, collections of papers and monographs, including “Multiculturalism and Ethnicity”, “Multiculturalism in Public Policies”, “Temptations of Democracy in Multiethnic Societies”, “The Art of Survival – Where and How Roma Live in Serbia”, “Political Action”, “Cultural Autonomy of National Minorities” and others. 

Prof. Dr. Mitja Žagar

Prof. Dr. Mitja Žagar is Research Councilor at the Institute for Ethnic Studies, of which director he was 1999-2007.

He is Full Professor at Universities of Ljubljana, Primorska/Littoral and New University, and guest/visiting professor/lecturer/scholar at several universities and research institutes in Europe, Africa, Australia and North America. 2015-2020 he was a member of the Scientific Council of the Slovenian Research Agency.

Combining law, political science, diversity management, ethnic and minority studies, peace and conflict studies, his research focuses on human rights, ethnicity, protection of minorities, migration(s), regulation and management of (socially relevant) diversities, inclusion, integration, multiculturalism/interculturalism, governance, participation, democracy, federalism, autonomy, transformation(s)/ transition(s), institution building, citizenship, civic and life-long learning, prevention, management and resolution of crises and conflicts, etc.

As an expert, reviewer and evaluator he has been working with several international organizations (e.g., UN, UNESCO, UNDP, Council of Europe, OSCE, Stability Pact for SE Europe, etc.), institutions of diverse countries (e.g. Slovenia, Albania, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, South Africa, USA, etc.) and nongovernmental organizations in the fields of diversity management, sustainable development, ethnic and minority policies as well as with foundations, research and evaluation agencies. (Extensive CV and bibliography at:

Siniša Tatalović PhD

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: From 1999 till 2002 he was Vice – Dean of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. From 2008 till 2012 he was head of M.A. in Faculty of Political Science. From 2006 till 2016 he was chair as a director of Centre for International and Security Studies also at Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. From 2006 till 2014 he was head of Research Project: Republic of Croatia in European Security Architecture.

He was co-leader of three regional bilateral research projects. First of them was Systems of National Security in South – East Europe and challenged Security Threats. This was the project between Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb and Faculty of Social Science, University of Ljubljana and lasted for three years (2007 – 2010). Second one is Security in South – East Europe which lasted in 2009 and 2010, and was conducted between Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb and Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade. Third one is Bilateral cooperation in protection of minorities which lasted in 2011 and 2012.

From 2003 till 2005 he was vice-president of Council for National Minorities of Republic of Croatia. Since 2005 till 2010 he has been adviser of the Croatian President for political system. Since 2010 till 2015 he has been adviser of the Croatian President for domestic affairs. Also, he is President of scientific board of the International Scientific Conference Crisis Management Days in organization of University of Applied Science Velika Gorica.

PUBLICATIONS: Till the present day he has published several books among which are: Globalna sigurnost i etnički sukobi, Politička kultura, Zagreb, 2010; Suvremene sigurnosne politike (co-author), Golden marketing i Tehnička knjiga, Zagreb, 2009; Nacionalna i međunarodna sigurnost, Politička kultura, Zagreb, 2005; Suvremeni sustavi nacionalne sigurnosti (co-author), Fakultet političkih znanosti, Zagreb, 2000. He published few dozen scientific articles and professional papers in national and international scientific journals.

PARTICIPATIONS IN PROJECT: She was executive editor in Croatian scientific journal International Studies from 2000 till 2011. He is also member of editorial board of a scientific journal Croatian Political Science Review since 2009. He spent few studies stays in USA, Great Britain, Canada, Slovenia, Macedonia and Serbia. Since 1997 he is an organizer and manager of annual international scientific conference National minorities in democratic societies.

LECTURES: He has been teaching on all levels (bacc., M.A., PhD) at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb as a course coordinator for various subjects in field of Political Science, International Relations and Security Studies. He is visiting professor at the University of Ljubljana from 2001 till 2004 and at the University of Belgrade from 2011 till now.

Mirza Smajić

Mirza Smajić was born in 1981 in Sarajevo. He obtained his bachelor, master and doctoral degrees at the Faculty of Political Science in Sarajevo (Department for Defense and Security). He has been employed as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science in Sarajevo. In the period since 2015, he exercised the office of an Associate Dean for the Teaching and Work with Students. Since October 2019, he has exercised the office of the Head of the Department for Security and Peace Studies. He has been a permanent lecturer in the “Security Policy of BiH” course organized by OSCE Mission in BiH and the Ministry of Security of BiH. He has been engaged as a consultant by domestic and international organizations (OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina). Scientific areas of his research and work are: security studies, human security, national security and law enforcement and police studies. As an author or co-author he published four books and studies, and a number of professional and scholar papers published in BiH and abroad. He participated as a researcher or consultant in a large number of congresses and projects in BiH, Serbia, Slovakia and Croatia.

Rubin Zemon Ph.D.

Rubin Zemon Ph.D. is an ethnologist or social-cultural anthropologist, director of the Center for Advanced Research, born in Struga, North Macedoni, on October 25, 1970. He defended his PhD from the Ethnographic Institute with a Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia, Republic of Bulgaria, in 2005. He was a research associate at the Institute for Social and Humanistic Research “Euro-Balkan” in Skopje, a university professor at the University “St. Apostle Paul ”in Ohrid. In 2016 he was appointed director of the Institute for Social and Humanistic Research at the Euro-Balkan University in Skopje.

The Council of Europe, as well as the OSCE / ODIHR have repeatedly hired him as an expert / consultant on various missions, projects and issues related to national minorities and multiculturalism, in various European countries, especially in the countries of South-Eastern Europe.

His activity in the civil sector in the country and abroad is recognizable as a president of the Union of Balkan Egyptians, member of the presidency of the Macedonian Ethnological Society, member of the presidency of the Network for Multicultural Society and others.

Since 2013, he has initiated and successfully organized every year as the Chairman of the Program Committee of the annual International Conference on Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Media, which traditionally holds in Ohrid during the Epiphany celebrations, attended by about 100 scientists and professionals from around the World.

In 2018, he was appoint as Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia for the development of multicultural society, interculturalism and intercultural communications. From that position, he initiated and initially led the preparation of the government’s National Strategy for Development of the Concept of One Society and Interculturalism, which is in fact the first such state strategy for interculturalism in Europe.

From January 2019 to August 2020, Rubin Zemon was a Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Northern Macedonia.

Danijela Vuković-Ćalasan, PhD

Danijela Vuković-Ćalasan, PhD is an Associate professor and Vice-dean for International Affairs at Faculty of Political Science, University of Montenegro in Podgorica, Montenegro.

She teaches courses on Political theory, Globalization, Ethnicity and ethnic relations and Human rights of minority groups. Her scientific fields of interests are minority rights, ethnic and national relations and identities, ethnocultural pluralism governing, globalization and contemporary political theories (including theory and politics of multiculturalism).

She did a research at the Political Science Institute, University of Vienna. She was a visiting professor within ERASMUS+ programme at several european universities, including University of Beira Interior (Portugal), University of Pécs (Hungary), University of Wrocław, (Poland), University of Cádiz (Spain). Vuković-Ćalasan is the author of a monography and several scientific papers.